Quick status update on WM 2.3

I intended to actually open up 2.3 Beta1 tonight to all registered customers, but I’ve decided to push that back a bit longer.

The main impediment is actually not the product itself but all of the supporting web code: I wanted to create a customer service center where registered users (and ONLY registered users..) can always go to download the latest stable and beta editions for their purchases, etc. This will ease the deployment issues I face for doing many smaller releases rather than mammoth ones. Probably about a week worth of work to get that up and running next week.

Long story short: If you’re a WM 2.2 user who urgently wants to get at the bugfixes from 2.3Beta-1, just drop me a line at stephen@world-machine.com and I’ll make sure you get 2.3B1 immediately! Otherwise it should roll out next week.


Feature Trickledown

Multimonitor support is working quite solidly now, although extended testing will be needed to make sure it is working well across all the myriad hardware configurations.

As a power-user feature, multimonitor support will be a Pro-level feature in WM 2.3.

However, to balance this, and to account for the changing landscape of computer hardware since WM 2 was released, the Standard (and Basic) Edition will gain the following features:

  • 2-core multithreading will drift down to the Standard and Basic editions. This offers a potentially near-doubling of build speed for Standard users! Since almost all CPUs sold in recent history are dual core, the time has finally come for this to be a standard feature. (>2 core multithreading will still be pro-level.)
  • WM2.3 Standard Edition will also come in a 64bit edition. With Vista and Windows 7 the vast majority of recent vintage PCs are now running 64bit operating systems, making it only natural to support this across all editions. This should allow Standard Edition users to finally put memory usage issues into the past.


Just a quick post to show that I am still alive 🙂

Actually, I’ve been under the weather for the last week or two due to whatever new variant of the flu is circulating this time of year. Luckily, nothing compared to the whole H1N1 thing of last year.

What’s new for WM?

1) I’m working on getting WM 2.3 ready to go into an open beta. 2.3 will be an incremental bugfix release to keep pounding away at the small bugs that creep into the corners of WM. The open beta status will mean that all existing customers will be able to test the new version if they wish, but it won’t be the default for new purchases.

2) Although focused on bugfixes, there will likely be a couple nice new small(-ish) features included. One that I’ve been working on for the last while is multi monitor support:

I’ve been wanting to include real multimon support for a while now, where you can put any combination of views over to another monitor (or two) and increase your productivity. There are, of course, a number of snags that require more work than desired, but multimon will at least hit the beta and if no compatibility issues are raised, it will make it into the final.

3) My “new features” code branch continues to get bits and pieces of some really cool new functionality added to it. More to come on that in due time!

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